Norway Census, 1875 - FamilySearch Historical Records
|Access the Records|
Norway Census, 1875
|This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.|
|Flag of Norway|
|Map of Norway|
|Location of Norway|
|Title in the Language||Folketellingen for kongeriget Norge den 31te desember 1875|
|The National Archives of Norway|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The census is handwritten on printed forms and arranged by county, clerical district, parish. In the cities the census is arranged by street name, and in rural areas by district and farm. The 1875 census was conducted beginning December 31, 1875, and all the information recorded should pertain to that date even though some information was gathered at a later date. This census includes 99% of the population and contains the person's name, sex, whether resident or temporary resident, those absent from the parish and their location at the time of the census, position in the family, occupation, marital status, year of birth, place of birth, religion if a person did not belong to the state church, and other miscellaneous information.
The Norwegian government created the census primarily as a source of statistical information on Norway’s population. The 1875 census is fairly reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. As a result, some information may be incorrect.
The census consists of two main sections. First, the Hovedliste (main list) which consist mostly of statistical data, and secondly, the Specialliste (special list) which contain personal information on each individual along with statistical data on agricultural activities and livestock. The Specialliste consists of three sections:
- Population (Folketal)
- Kreaturhold (Animals)
- Udsæd (Crops)
The index published on FamilySearch is not complete. Localities that were previously indexed and are available online at Digitalarkivet are not included in this index at this time. Additional images of supplemental schedules not filmed by FamilySearch are available at Digitalarkivet.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.
Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The census includes the following information:
- Full name
- Role in the household
- Position in the family / occupation
- Whether temporary or permanent resident
- Marital status
- Year of birth
- Place of birth
Census Questions[edit | edit source]
Population (Folketal)[edit | edit source]
|Personernes No||Person Number|
|Personernes Navne (Fornavn of Tilnavn)||Person's Names (First Name or First Name)|
|Sædvanligt Bosted||Usual Residence|
|Havde nogen af beboerne sin Bolig (Natteophold) i en sæskilt fra Hovedbygningen adskilt Side eller Udhusbygning? og da i hvilken?||Did any of the residents have their accommodation (night stay) in a different structure from the main building separate side building or outbuilding? and in which?|
|Kjøn Mandkjøn/Kvindekjøn||Gender Male / Female|
|Hvad Enhver er i Familien||What Everyone is in the Family|
|For Personer over 15 Aar: Om ugift, gift, Enkemand (Enke) eller Fraskilt. Betegnes saaledes ug., g., e., f.||For Persons Over 15 Years: If Unmarried, Married, Widower (Divorced) or Divorced. Indicate by ug., g., e., f.|
|A. For Personer 15 Aar og derover: Livsstilling (Næringvei) eller af hvem forsorget? B. For Personer under 15 Aar, der have lønnet Arbeide, opgivet dettes Art||A. For Persons 15 Years and Over: Occupation (What type of business) or who provides for them? B. For persons under the age of 15 who have paid employment, identify the employer.|
|Fødselsaar||Year of birth|
|Hvilken Stats Undersaat?||Nationality|
|Om Sindssvag? Døvstum? eller Blind?||If Insane? Deaf? or Blind?|
|I Tilfælde af Sindsvaghed og Døvstumhed anføres i denne Rubrik, hvorvide samme er indrraadt før eller after det fyldte 4de Aar||In cases of insanity and deafness, this section states whether the same has occurred before or after the 4th birthday|
Animals (Kreaturhold)[edit | edit source]
|Eiernes Navne||Owners' Names|
|Under 3 Aar||Under 3 years|
|Kjør | Ungnot og Kalve||Run | Ungnot and Calves|
|Faar og Lam||Sheep and lambs|
|Gjeder og Kid||Goats and kids|
|Svin og Grise||Swine and Pigs|
|Rensdyr og Renkalve||Reindeer and reindeer calves|
Crops (Udsæd)[edit | edit source]
|Havre til Grønfoder||Oats for Fodder|
|Andre Rodfrugter||Other root crops|
The crops are measured in tønder, which is how many barrels of seed were used to plant the crop. Grass seed is measured in skålpund, an old term for pound, which was equivalent to 498 grams, or 17.57 ounces. The number given for other root crops is maal jord dertil anvendt, which indicates how much land was used.
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
As of December 2012 this collection contained the following records.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- Approximate age
- Presumed residence
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- This index is not complete. Localities that were previously indexed and are available online at Digitalarkivet are not included in this index at this time
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. Be aware that many individuals have the same name
- Individuals often go by nick names. Be sure to check for all variations of the names
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, Now What?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
- There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Norway.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.